The Royal Gorge Fire turned its namesake Colorado landmark into a demolition site, destroying nearly 50 buildings at the once majestic park.
The fire started Tuesday June 11, near Cañon City and burned 3,218 acres of land covered with Piñon-Juniper and Sage brush. Fueled by high winds, the flames crossed the Arkansas River at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
The aerial tram, which was once bright red, is now a scorched metal shell and the terminals that housed it are gone.
A look at the fire-damaged boards before they were replaced.
A crew works to replace damaged boards on the Royal Gorge Bridge
Light-colored planks on the bridge deck are newly replaced after the fire damage.
The remnants of burnt trees are visible in the distance across the Royal Gorge Bridge.
7NEWS Photographer Brad Bogott works on the repaired bridge.
A fire-damaged plaque about the bridge.
The park's incline train was damaged, but survived the fire.
Damaged signs lie among the debris left behind by the fire.
Scorched trees line both sides of the road at one of the park's entrances
The fire destroyed nearly 50 buildings at the once majestic park.
The goal is to open the bridge for vehicle traffic later this summer. The rest of the park could reopen in about three years.
Picnic tables are now skeletons after the flames melted the plastic seating.